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Antrim GAA to take part in Belfast Pride Parade

Antrim GAA are set to take part in the 2019 Belfast Pride Parade.
Antrim GAA are set to take part in the 2019 Belfast Pride Parade.

Antrim GAA has announced that it will be officially taking part in the 2019 Belfast Pride Parade.

The move comes after the central GAA headquarters announced they had no plans to take part in the event.

The parade takes place in Belfast city centre on Saturday with thousands of people set to attend.

Antrim GAA announced the move on Twitter saying that they will be officially taking part and were inviting members and friends to join them in the parade.

"Antrim GAA will be officially taking part in the Belfast Pride Parade 2019, all those members and friends who wish to take part in the parade are asked to assemble at the entrance of Quarter Chartered Accountants Belfast, Writers Square for 12.30pm leaving at 1pm," the Tweet read.

Last week GAA headquarters said it had no plans to take part, but that the issue was at the discretion of individual groups.

The GAA took part in the Dublin Pride parade in June saying that it was to show "solidarity and respect for members of the LGBT1+ community".

"The GAA at national level supported a group participating in the capital's Pride event," a GAA spokesman told the Irish News.

"It is at the discretion of other units to offer similar support to groups participating in other events around the country."

SDLP councillor Seamas De Faoite welcomed the move, saying that he was "delighted".

People taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. Michael Cooper/PA Wire
People taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. Michael Cooper/PA Wire
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from UTV join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from UTV join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from the Northern Ireland Civil Service join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from Danske Bank join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Sinn Fein representatives join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from Danske Bank join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from Danske Bank join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service joins marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from UTV join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 04-08-2018: The Belfast Pride parade 2018 starts and finishes at Custom House Square in Belfast. Rainbow flags, face paint, fancy dress and brightly coloured floats will create a riot of colour on the streets of Belfast on Saturday. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from UTV join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officer join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from the Northern Ireland Civil Service join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Sinn Fein representatives join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from Danske Bank join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from Danske Bank join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service joins marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Staff from Danske Bank join marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Lord Mayor Deirdre Hargey with marchers and members of the public at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Police officers pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - PSNI and Garda police officers pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Dogs with marchers pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Claire Sugden MLA pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Religious protestors and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 4th August 2018 - Marchers and members of the public pictured at the annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Kimberly McClusky taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
Dancers taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
People taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
A person taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
A dancer taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
Dancers taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
A person taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
People taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
A Police Service of Northern Ireland officer taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. Michael Cooper/PA Wire
Miz Tasty and Red Scarlet taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
Miz Tasty and Red Scarlet taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
Miz Tasty and Red Scarlet taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
People taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
Players from the Belfast Azlans, a gay rugby team taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire
People taking part in the Belfast Pride parade set off from Custom House Square in central Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 4, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Pride. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

"This is such a huge statement to send to LGBT+ players, volunteers, staff and supporters," the Belfast councillor said.

"It says that sport is welcoming to all and that LGBT+ people are a valued part of our sporting codes."

Ulster Rugby is also taking part in the parade for the first time and was forced to defend the decision after criticism from supporters.

CEO Jonny Petrie later hit back and reinforced his commitment to attending the event. 

He said on Twitter: "I've been astounded to see some of the negativity surrounding our participation in this. Taking part was an easy decision - we are an inclusive club and this is an inclusive sport and that is something to be proud of. It's not a political stance. I'll see you there."

The Irish Football Association took part in the Belfast Pride parade in 2017 and had previously committed to playing a "full part" this year.

BBC Northern Ireland were also criticised after announcing they were to take part in the parade for the first time.

Former chief of BBC Radio Ulster Ian Kennedy said that while he “wholeheartedly supports” the pursuit of equal rights by the LGBT+ community, he believes the BBC must be seen to be impartial on the subject.

Other groups taking part include the PSNI, UTV and representatives from political parties across Northern Ireland.

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